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Milk Thistle also known by its botanical name of Silybum Marianum is characterised by its purple flowers and milky white leaf stems. It is related to the sunflower family, native to the Mediterranean and usually blooms from June to August.
Traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome the seeds of the Milk Thistle plant have been used in traditional healing with particular focus on the liver. Extensively studied, even today, the active ingredient in Milk Thistle, the compound Silymarin is believed to have protective and healing powers on the liver.
Silymarin constitutes 4% - 6% of ripe seeds from the Milk Thistle and usually prepared into capsules, extracts, powders, and tinctures. Swanson Superior Herbs Milk Thistle (Standardised) 250mg contains a guaranteed potency extract of 80% Silymarin.
The Liver is the largest organ in your body and plays a vital role in producing and processing a range of chemical substances for the body including proteins for blood plasma, cholesterol and bile which removes waste products from the liver. The Liver also stores excess glucose and controls the blood level of amino acids. However the Liver is also a common site for liver related disorders such as cirrhosis, hepatitis and gallbladder disorders.Milk Thistle is a natural herb which for thousands of years has provided a ‘tonic' to support, protect and maintain healthy liver function. There are many good reasons to add a supplement of Milk Thistle into your daily diet including:
As a dietary supplement Swanson recommend you take one capsule two to three times per day with water.
One Swanson Superior Herbs Milk Thistle capsule contains 250mg Milk Thistle Seed Extract (standardized to 80% silymarin). Other ingredients include one or more of the following: microcrystalline cellulose (plant fiber), magnesium stearate and or silica.
Swanson Superior Herbs Milk Thistle capsules also contains Gelatin making these an unsuitable choice for vegetarians.
Natural therapies carry a risk of contraindications when combined with various treatments and conditions. It is therefore essential that you check with your healthcare practitioner before embarking on any new or complimentary health therapies.
Seek advice first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not exceed the recommended dose. Do not use if the outer seal is broken or damaged at the time of purchase. For safety, keep out of reach of children.
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